- There was little evidence that promised reserves were going to be delivered.
- Surveying of confiscated land began in 1878.
- Surveyors cut lines through cultivations, fences and trample cash-crops.
- Māori retaliated by uprooting survey pegs.
- Then Native Minister John Sheehan rode to Parihaka to force Te Whiti to comply – He did not.
- Sheehan reported Parihaka could only be taken by force. So Tohu evicted the surveyors.
- Māori began to plough farmers’ fields in Taranaki.
- Farmers angry – Governor (Hercules Robinson) made a special visit and “exploded with indignation.”
- Te Whiti asserted ploughing was directed at government – not at farmers.
- 100 armed men confronted Ploughers at Hawera – intending to shoot them. They were talked out of violence by those they had come to shoot.
The Empire Strikes Back
- June 29 1879 Armed Constabulary start arresting ploughmen.
- Te Whiti said that those with greatest mana should be the first to plough.
- This led to the arrest of many prominent Māori.
- By August 200 people had been arrested.
- British were facing prospect that there wouldn’t be enough room to hold them all.
- On August 10th Te Whiti agreed to a truce.